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International Humanitarian Law in Theory and Practice

“International Humanitarian Law in Theory and Practice” is the first MOOC of the Kalshoven-Gieskes Forum on International Humanitarian Law, which is the platform within the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies of Leiden University for the research, teaching and dissemination of international humanitarian law (IHL). In this course, Prof. Robert Heinsch, Dr. Giulia Pinzauti and Dr. Emma Irving will give you a deep insight into the rules that govern armed conflict, and aim to mitigate human suffering on the battlefield. You will explore the why and how of IHL, followed by the different types of conflict. In no time you will find out which rules apply to the civil war in Syria, the military intervention in Ukraine and the occupation of the West Bank. During this course, you will learn how hostilities should be waged: Which weapons can be used by combatants and other fighters? And, who should never be a target during military operations? We will also look into the concept of protected persons, and you will find out how IHL affords protection to the sick and wounded, medical personal, detainees, children, journalists and other persons who are not - or not anymore - fighting. At the end of this course, you are introduced to the different implementation and enforcement mechanisms that aim to increase respect for IHL. Here, you are invited to think critically whether IHL works! Throughout this course you will benefit from a mix of theory and practice, which is at the heart of the vision and mandate of the Kalshoven-Gieskes Forum. You can participate for instance in an ongoing case study where drones are flying over the fictitious country Arfula, and detainees are locked up in tiny cells. Or, you can join our discussions about IHL success stories and the major IHL challenges we face today, with distinguished speakers from the International Committee of the Red Cross and US Naval War College! This course is free to join and to participate in. There is the possibility to get a verified certificate for the course, which is a paid option. If you want a certificate, but are unable to pay for it, you can request financial aid via Coursera.

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Rating 4.8 based on 100 ratings
Length 6 weeks
Effort 5 hours/week
Starts Mar 29 (7 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From Universiteit Leiden, Kalshoven-Gieskes Forum via Coursera
Instructors Robert Heinsch, Giulia Pinzauti, Emma Irving, Cinny Buys
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Language English
Subjects Social Sciences
Tags Social Sciences Law Governance And Society

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Rating 4.8 based on 100 ratings
Length 6 weeks
Effort 5 hours/week
Starts Mar 29 (7 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From Universiteit Leiden, Kalshoven-Gieskes Forum via Coursera
Instructors Robert Heinsch, Giulia Pinzauti, Emma Irving, Cinny Buys
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Social Sciences
Tags Social Sciences Law Governance And Society

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